Accra Polytechnic has matriculated over 4,500 fresh students it admitted for its 2013/2014 academic year at its 21st matriculation ceremony held at the Polytechnic’s ceremonial ground.
The number, totaling 4,546 fresh students is made up of only regular students and forms 66% of the 6,887 students who applied to study at the polytechnic this academic year.
As was revealed by the Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Sylvester Achio, of the 4,546 fresh students who gained admission into the Polytechnic, 1,660 of them were admitted on condition that they pass a special three (3) - month access course programme organized by the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABPTEX).
Giving a breakdown of the distribution of the freshers over the three (3) schools, he said of 3,454 students admitted, 517 of them were admitted into the School of Engineering, 773 to the School of Applied Sciences and 2,162 into the School of Business and Management Studies; making 15%, 22% and 63% respectively.
The Rector mentioned collaborations as one of the strategic tools the Polytechnic is using to achieve its aims and goals.
He made specific mention of collaborations Accra Polytechnic is having with The Hague University of Applied Sciences and AVANS School of Applied Sciences, both in the Netherlands, Derby University, Thames Valley, Liverpool John Moore University in the UK, VAASA University of Applied Science in Finland and the Mombasa University of Kenya.
“Accra Polytechnic is in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) to run certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses for Senior High School Leavers, DBS and HND graduates respectively,” Prof. Achio added.
By way of developments, he said the Polytechnic has been trying to wane itself of government subvention, disclosing that internally generated funds (IGFs) of the institution were used to construct a 600-capacity six-storey extra-modern hostel which was ready for occupation by students.
Professor Achio also disclosed that the Polytechnic had also acquired a 100-acre land at Mempehoeasem near Samsam for the establishment of a satellite in order to reduce pressure on campus.
He advised students to study diligently in order to achieve their academic pursuits and cautioned them against vices such as smoking, alcoholism, narcotics and indecent dressing which the Polytechnic frowned on.
Chairman of the Polytechnic Governing Council, Professor Joshua Alabi, said the main purpose of polytechnic education was not only to impart hands-on knowledge, but to also nurture the younger generation in their moral, intellectual, physical, social and aesthetic development.
Prof. Alabi reiterated the need for the newly matriculated students to duel on the three cardinal words of the institution namely, Truth, Excellence and Service, urging them to inculcate in their lives, these cardinal principles of the Polytechnic.